A Dangerous Climate

A Dangerous Climate

A Novel of the Count Saint-Germain

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
Disguised as a nobleman during a spy mission in Czarist Russia, the vampire Count Saint-Germain witnesses political clashes by those who would influence the czar and oversees the efforts of Peter the Great to build the future city of St. Petersburg.

McMillan Palgrave
The vampire Count Saint-Germain, disguised as a missing Hungarian nobleman, is on a spy mission in the heart of Czarist Russia. Almost by the power of his will alone, it seems, Peter the Great is wrestling the city that will one day be St. Petersburg out of swampland. Representatives of the heads of all European states are living in tiny, frigid, wooden homes as they jockey for power and influence over the Czar. When a man shows up claiming to be the Count Saint-Germain, the vampire must figure out how to protect his title and wealth without revealing either his true identity or his True Nature.


Blackwell North Amer
As a long-lived vampire, the Count Saint-Germain has assumed many identities over the centuries - usually masquerading as a distant relation in order to claim his own estates and property after his supposed death. In A Dangerous Climate, Saint-Germain must be someone else entirely - a Hungarian count and a spy in the court of the Czar.
The swampy lowland that will someday be Saint Petersburg is little more than a collection of muddy streets and tiny, cold, simple wooden houses in the early 1700s. Seemingly by the strength of his will alone, the Czar, Peter the Great, is wrestling his capital city into existence on the banks of the Neva ... and on the backs, sweat, and blood of thousands of ill-paid, ill-housed, ill-fed workers.
Floods, swarms of insects, bone-numbing cold, and the possibility of rebellion among the city's builders cannot dissuade representatives of Europe's governments from making the newborn city their home as they jockey for favor with the Czar. When a Hungarian noble disappears soon before his mission was to have begun, the Count Saint-Germain is forced to take his identity - and his wife, who has a secret mission of her own - to Russia.
Layer upon layer of deception falls upon the vampire. He must convince the world at large that he is Count Arpad Arco-Tolvay. He must convince the count's servants that he and his "wife" are really husband and wife, though they are virtual strangers to one another. He must counterfeit being human and alive, lest his wife suspect something is amiss - and yet he cannot compromise her virtue, for she is married, though not to him.
When a newcomer to Saint Petersburg claims to be the Count Saint-Germain, the vampire has a new problem on his hands: how to protect his good name and property from the impostor without revealing his true identity - or worse, his True Nature?

Baker
& Taylor

Disguised as a nobleman during a spy mission in Czarist Russia, the vampire Count Saint-Germain witnesses political clashes by those who would influence the czar and oversees the efforts of Peter the Great to built the future city of St. Petersburg. 12,500 first printing.

Publisher: New York, NY : Tor, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765319814
0765319810
Characteristics: 382 p. ; 25 cm

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